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Customer Cars: Michael Massel's Modified 1972 914

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:51 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack.

This months submission comes from Michael Massel with his modified 1972 914. His 914 story began in 1999 when he purchased this car for his 18 year old son from their local independent Porsche mechanic.


At that point, Michael already had a 1960 356B Sunroof Coupe and a 1970 911 T that had been modded to a 1973 RSR clone with all factory parts in the late 1970s. He had never given the 914 much thought before, but after taking a ride in it, he was hooked.

As time went on the project was eventually placed on the back burner after the car was hit in 2002. Michael and his son stripped and disassembled the car in preparation to repaint it but it never ended up happening. In 2018 his son announced he was going to sell the car and Michael's wife told him they needed to keep the 914 in the family, so he got to pay for the car a second time when he purchased it back from his son. 

It's presently in it's third year of restoration and should be in primer in the next month or so. After being a Porsche-owner for 30+ years, Michael is taking his time and being meticulous with this process.

The car is definitely not original, but not quite an outlaw. He is calling it a bit of a hybrid, a sort of Gulf livery historic racer that's also street legal.

The list of modifications is long with lots of goodies, including all of the updates from the 1972 through 1976 model years. It will also feature the 5 gauge 911 dash to match the rear flares from Chris Foley, frame stiffening from Brad Mayeur, seat lowering from James E. Patrick III, and a second off louvered deck lid from Lee Schlabaugh.

Michael hopes to have this project back on the road next year and we look forward to seeing more of it when its completed. We wish you good luck on the build and thank you for the excellent submission!

Please submit your image and a brief summary to [email protected]. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $15 914Rubber gift card!

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